Tuesday, 16 June 2020 at 10:17 Edited Tuesday, 16 June 2020 at 10:22
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Towards an Integrated Fire Management
Fire is a natural process and as such, humans have been living with fire for a long time. However, recent wildfires in traditionally fire prone areas of Southern Europe have shown that fire behaviour has changed beyond what is currently understood. This shows the need for a better approach to prevention and adaptation. In Northwest Europe, traditionally seen as less fire prone, people on the ground are seeing the increased dangers of fire to their communities; yet awareness of their institutions and populations remains low.
Hence, a strong need exists for thinking beyond the current paradigms of dealing with fire only when it occurs. The challenges lie in predicting the future behaviour of fire in a changed climate, assessing the consequences for fire management, and preparing for the impacts on human communities. With this in mind, Europe must develop strategies in order to live with fire. Local and traditional knowledges about living with fire have informed many cultures at least as long as the age of our oldest stories, and while countries worldwide have different strengths in terms of approaches to fire management, and a broad range of scientific disciplines continue to develop concepts, we can stop “re-inventing the wheel” while implementing Integrated Fire Management.